Two 17 year old maritime students from Simon’s Town School’s Lawhill Maritime Centre ( will be among the industry ‘movers and shakers’ attending the prestigious London International Shipping Week (LISW), a ‘must attend global shipping event’ taking place from September 9 to 13, 2019. Their visit has been made possible by the TK Foundation, a Bahamas-based private grant-making foundation.  The Foundation has supported the school for the past 10 years, most notably via the generous donation of safe and modern accommodation facilities for boarding and maritime instruction. While in London, Grade 12 maritime students, Lerato Tsautse, from Durban, and Kyla Cloete, from Cape Town, will be attending a two-day ‘Women in Shipping Summit’ which focuses on attracting more female talent into the maritime workplace, both ashore and at sea. The Summit also aims to look beyond gender to the digital transformation and innovation in shipping. It is estimated that approximately two percent of the world’s seafarers are female and that only 7% of the management positions in the shipping industry are held by women. The maritime-focused programme at Simon’s Town School has, since 1995, helped young men and women make their mark in the sector by providing them with a specialist maritime education, while they are still at secondary school. The opportunity to travel abroad – a first for both Lerato and Kyla – is a life-changing experience for these two, high-potential, young women as it will allow them to network with industry leaders, gain a global perspective on the shipping industry and be inspired by successful women working in various sectors across the maritime industry. Visit for more on the Simon’s Town School’s Lawhill Maritime Centre, for more on the Women in Shipping Summit and for more on LISW2019 @LawhillMaritime WINNER: 2018 SEATRADE MARITIME AWARDS (Middle East, Indian Subcontinent & Africa): EDUCATION AND TRAINING Click on the link below to watch a short video on our programme
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